This is ready for drinking now. Lots of black fruits, round tannins, long finish and a hint of sweetness. Excellent effort.
2001 Beaucastel, Chateauneuf du Pape rouge, Rhone, France (not blind): Medium to light ruby, brilliant, light rim, very high viscosity. Simple but intense nose after red currant syrup, not your usual Beaucastel or even CdP nose, only slightly alcoholic. Medium to plump body, primary red and black currant fruit, soft persistent tannins, bit of silky acidity, hint of Kirsch. Long finish, soft persistent tannins, very nice aftertaste. Score: 50 + 4 for optic + 12-13 for bouquet + 16 for taste + 9 for overall = total score of 91-92. I would easily take this wine for a very good made non Burgundy Pinot Noir (Gantenbein comes to my mind or may be even from Austria) and I am rather sure that the bouquet will develop fine with some cellaring, same goes for the taste when the primary fruit will go away. What I like especially is the for a CdP (but for Beaucastel usual) rather low alcohol content of 13,5%. Retasted after one day in the open bottle: No sign of oxidation in the nose, gained some weight and a bit complexity, but primary fruit character still dominating. Medium body, primary fruit still dominating but more complexity, soft persistent tannins, bit more of silky acidity, very well balanced. Long finish, very nice aftertaste, silky fruity acidity with velvety tannins underneath. Score: 50 + 4 for optic + 13 for bouquet + 17 for taste + 9 for overall = total score of 93
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